A Note to Readers
Sometimes young children become upset over small
things. Take Erik, for example. He becomes upset when
his shirtsleeve gets wet. Like Erik, most young children
experience emotions very intensely. Each emotion, in the
moment, is a big deal! Emotions can be overwhelming for
young children because they don’t know how to deal with or
process their feelings. And when the emotion is a difficult
one, like sadness, fear, or anger, it can feel as though the
emotion they are experiencing will never go away.
When a child is upset, the best thing you can do is simply
acknowledge the child’s feelings. Ms. Regina does this when
she says, “I can see you’re sad,” and reassures him that the
shirt will dry. By acknowledging the emotion the child is
feeling, you communicate, “I can see that you’re upset, but
I’m here with you now.” And really, that’s what matters most.
We hope The Amazing Erik shows children that while some
emotions are upsetting, they won’t last forever—especially
when a caring adult is there to help.
k Erik’s spinal injury affects his ability to walk. Although he needs a
wheelchair, he is still able to get out of it by himself and sit on the floor.
Children who use wheelchairs have varying challenges. Some children
aren’t able to get out of their wheelchairs unassisted.